Running Outside Vs. on a Treadmill

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So you may think they are the same and that your burning the same amount of calories and whatnot, but they are very different. Here are the differences, but both are great for whatever kind of workout you decide to do.

Inside:

  • Since the treadmill belt id moving, it takes less to run, making you run faster.
  • Can be great when weather conditions aren’t ideal for running outside (rain, hail, snow etc.. )
  • At night time, if you don’t live in the most ideal neighborhoods. – safety
  • Air conditioning can make it easier to run faster.
  • You can create “hills” using incline. Or using one of the programmed workouts on the treadmill.
  • Reduces impact on knees, ankles, feet and joints.
  • Running on a treadmill you use more of your quad muscle.
  • Can stop any time you want or need too (with the touch of a button)
  • You can watch TV while you do it
  • If you have kids, this might be easier to be able to watch them while you still get in a workout.

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Outside:

  • Natural inclines and weather conditions, make it harder, so you work harder that if you were inside.
  • Engages more muscles and requires more energy.
  • Running outside you use more of your hamstring muscle.
  • You get different sights and views of wherever you are.
  • Burn more calories.
  • Sweat more (usually) since it takes more energy.
  • Cant really stop till you either get to your destination or back to where you started (this is why I mostly run outdoors haha)
  • You can go anywhere pretty much, for as long as you want.
  • More motivating. I like to set goals on either distance or how long I can go without taking a quick rest.
  • You can make fun new routes! (I got the “map my run” app, love it, it tracks distance, how long you go, all kinds of things).

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My Color Run Experiance

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I did my first 5k this year! YAY – btw it was super fun! If you’re new to running or even races, this one would be one to consider since its more about getting out there and being active. Anyone can be in it (all ages and all sizes), and you can walk, jog run or even dance it if you wanted haha. But below are just some fun pictures of my “color run experience.”

So along those lines…… throughout the year, do something fun! There are tons of races that aren’t the type of “I have to win this” kinda thing and tons of fun activities probably in your local neighborhood. Look around, find friends to do it with you and get active.

I’ve listed some runs, events and other great ways to just “get out and be active” throughout the year.

RACES AND RUNS (there are tons! so look in http://www.runnersworld.com/race-finder   to help you find races in your location)

Color Run

Warrior Dash

Tough Mudder

Spartan Race

The Underwear Run (yes … it is what you think it is hahaha)

Avon Walk

Race for the cure

Jingle bell Run

And so on….. So look em’ up, form a team and get out there ! =)

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Apps that Help you stay Fit!

FitBit – Its a small device you wear during the day, can clip onto any piece of clothing and it counts calories burned, steps and milage. There are new ones that count your sleep patterns too. It has online goals you can set for yourself, see when your most “active” times are and even track your food.

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My Fitness Pal – Online free food tracker, just about has every food under the sun, easy to add new foods and keep track of calories or any other thing you want to track.

Fooducate- Love this app, tells you nutritional info by just scanning the barcode. Helps you make wiser choices. Take this with you to the supermarket!

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Workout Trainer – Had workout videos, with or without audio to help you tone and tighten. Anything from cardio, yoga to platies. They also have a community your can join so you may feel more accountable to stick to it as well.

Nike Training Club – Its like your very own mini trainer on your phone. You can also track your workout history in this one too, so you can constantly be making new goals to beat.

Foodily Recipes – Search different recipes by foods or groups. Follow some of your favorite chefs. And you can also share your very own photos.

Lose it!- Is kind of like fooducate and fitness pal tied in one. Track your progress, make goals, share with friends. Comes with workout routines and recipes too. Also, kinda cool it will remind you when you forget to log a meal.. then you wont start slipping.

Weight Watchers Mobile- I’ve used the scanner (works pretty good) Otherwise ill either Google it or look up the ratios between fat, carb etc. to find out how many points something has. Its an easier way if your counting points when your on the go.

Map my run- Tracks distance, pace, your route . everything anyone who runs would want.

HELP! I’m not used to working out and my feet hurt.

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This was a question from a reader of mine. So your all excited, your making healthier choices about life and you decide to start working out regularly. Until…. OUCH! my feet are killing me.. I’m sure you’ll probably experience this if your new to the fitness and workout world. Well here are some quick ways to help ease the pain and help prevent it too.

  • Massages always help. At night massage the balls of your feel or where ever its hurting for that matter. It will help them from cramping up at night too. Soak your feet in Epson salts.
  • Wear some decent shoes people! I know its hard to pay $50 bucks for a pair of Nikes or Asics, but do it. It will be one of your best investments, they will last longer, they have better arches and your feet will love you a whole lot better than if you were to wear some cheep shoes from Wal-Mart. Find a good pair that are good for your feet too, don’t just go off of brand names. If you need a higher arch, or wider toes.. Take the time to find the right pair.
  • If your shoes don’t have a good arch, there are inserts you can out inside your shoes to help with that as well.
  • Don’t get too excited all at once… HAha, its ok to be excited, but don’t over-do it the first week. Wean yourself into fitness otherwise you might get A. burned out too fast, or, B. hurt your feet ..and your body for that matter and you’ll be too sore to go back for like a week.
  • Elevate your feet when you sleep.

Hope this helps! Keep at it guys. You all are awesome! 🙂